State Rejects Appeal to Exonerate Woman Who Failed to Prevent Rabin Murder

Margalit Har-Shefi was released early from her nine-month sentence, but State Prosecutor refuses to overturn conviction.

State Prosecutor Moshe Lador decided Sunday to reject a request to exonerate Margalit Har-Shefi, who was convicted of failing to report her friend Yigal Amir's plan to assassinate prime minister Yitzhak Rabin..

She was initially sentenced to nine months in jail, but then-President Moshe Katzav approved her release two-thirds of the way into the term.

Yigal Amir, Tomer Neuberg
Tomer Neuberg

She has never expressed remorse for not going to the police about Amir's bragging that he was trying to kill Rabin, saying she never believed Amir nor took him seriously.

A parole board initially denied her an early release on those grounds, but Katsav - with the backing of then Justice Minister Meir Sheetrit - said that Har-Shefi "has paid her debt to society has been punished, and is pained by the horrible assassination and has denounced it."

Lador ruled Sunday that the appeal filed in 2008 to then-Attorney General Menachem Mazuz was not sufficient for exercising extraordinary authority to allow a retrial or re-examination of the matter.